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Monotonik

Monotonik is an Internet-only music label that _exclusively_ releases electronic music online in the mp3 format - subscribe to our RSS feed to get info on the latest releases.

In their words: All of our releases are freely downloadable and distributable for personal, non-commercial use, and we've been releasing .mp3 and .mod files online since May 1996. We offer mellow and melodic 'idm' electronic music, alongside bleep-inflected retro videogame soundtrack stylings, plus selections of more uptempo breakbeat, drum and bass, and 'nu chill', courtesy DJs, groups, and producers from all over the world. More information about the label is available at our main website, http://www.monotonik.com

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Monotonik
by Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance
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More rewording and reordering as Substance takes elements from two previous releases (Tek's mp3 "Benedict" and Prob+Ebb's "Stylez") and merges and melds to come up with this mellifluous hybrid. It's fun to play with sounds, isn't it? Watch out for a simultaneous/near-simultaneous Malik remix of "Stylez" on Theralite (http://pigforce.warande.net/theralite), incidentally.. mmm, synchronicity can be so constructive, hm?
Topics: Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance, Prob., Ebb, Tek, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Dreamfish strikes again with one of my favourite Mono releases so far, featuring real record-deck scratching from the sleep-based piscine himself. It's so.. spliffmungous. We love you Mary Jane. :P By the way, I have no idea what record Dreamfish is scratching, but it sounds damn nice. I'll ask him sometime, shall I?
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
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This tune was originally composed by Dreamfish back in 1994 as a full-ahead trance tune (and is actually one of the tracks featured on the TRSI Recordz "Cyberlogik" CD.. go buy the CD if you want to know what the original sounds like!) In March 1996, remixing it was put forward as a music-competition on the UK "Digital Candy" BBS, and h0l stepped forward. Soon after that, Mono was born. h0l still doesn't know if he won the remixing competition or not. ;) The vocal sample...
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Hollywood, h0l, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Already out on 'limited dub plate' lha-archive release, but only available to the very luckiest of Amiga owners, this storming intelligent drum+bass track now comes out via official Mono methods. Turn those speakers _up_, sonny, before we come round and tell you to turn them up some more. And watch out for a "Minimal Response EP" from the utterly charming blonde Substance-abuser.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Wow + ee. :) I'd really like to meander off into hyperbole about just how amazing I think this EP is, but I don't really think that's appropriate, or necessary - the music speaks for itself. I'll just satisfy myself with saying that this is one of my favourite Mono releases so far. :) Oh, and please note that Dreamfish is also rather a handy DJ under the name of DJ Hoffman, so try to catch his sets if you happen to live in the West Country, UK, heehee. :) Finally, in case you weren't aware,...
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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About as elektronik as you can get, this LP features conversions of some of the best computer music ever. Martin Galway, Rob Hubbard, Fred Gray.. legends, all of them. We hope you enjoy Dreamfish's versions of these wicked Commodore 64 SID tunes, anyhow - some of these conversions have been released before, and some haven't seen the outside of Dreamfishie's bedroom.) In any case, thanks to the original artists, wherever you may be now. Carpe diem.
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Well, this tune has had a limited release before, but it's such a great remix that we wanted to make sure it got _properly_ spread. Listen to those breakbeats roll, and enjoy. Oh, and turn up the sub-bass. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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The return of the Mack, wouldn't you know it, and it's with a brand-new composed jungle track. Mortimer reckons b-boy science is the way to go, but the drum n' bass still puts us in our place, huh? Please note that this is numero duo in the 'mono-back-on-track' series. And watch out for more Mortimer Twang stuff on Mono soon. If you would.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Quiet, please. If I could have your attention? Finland's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest is "Phonk Phaq". The orchestra will be conducted by some blunted kidz from the ghetto. There will be a fine jungle remix courtesy of Substance's brain (tm). And the lord shall be happy, and he will decree that it was good. And people will cherish and enjoy this Mono release forever. Amen.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Another Saturday, another supadupa Mono release hits ya, and this time it's England vs. Scotland in the football and Dreamfish vs. Paula on your Amiga. Guess who wins? :) I can't say much else but confirm that Dreamfish is one of the very best 4-channel dance musicians in the world today, woowoo. And there's still lots and lots more Dreamfish tunes to be released, so keep on keeping on the Mono frequency. Ballistic fatalistic animalistic. ;) We've been keeping off the drum n bass recently, but...
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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A very interesting EP this, sent to us from his sekrit hideaway by Dreamfish in his last dispatch, along with the already-released "Armani's Dreams". These are self-confessedly 'oldskool' jungle tracks, with something of a 1993 spirit about them - but they're actually damn original cos he doesn't sound like he's trying to emulate the Amen b-boy crew. In other words, by going back it goes forward. Amen. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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It's difficult to find anything to say about this tune, because it's just so.... mmmmm. The drums, the melodies, the style seem to mesh like Sabres of Paradise managed so well on "Smokebelch", and Substance is truly the jewel in Mono's crown. Just you wait til we start releasing his drum n bass tunes, then you'll truly freek out. :) Overstated, us? never. ;)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Back again on the label with the mono and the 2 and the 1 and the 1, it's the finnish groove-god hymn-self with some real chilled jazzy action. why _do_ we like the jazz-chill-groove so much? it's definitely partly to do with the fact we release over the Net, and so people listen at home on their computers.. beats that sound kickass in clubs sometimes sound boring at home, and vice versa, which we think is a mistake a lot of sceners make. but with our forthcoming videogame and vinyl action...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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When our brainwaves aren't stimulated, we run the risk of becoming brain dead. Substance has negated this risk with his very own minimal response to the question "are we here?". This is possibly the deepest Mono has got into the science of nothing meaning everything - keep listening, you'll understand in the end. maybe.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A new year, a new song. hah. This time round minimalist techno sorta gets warped round triphop, courtesy of Substance, and a nice kinda melange gets spewed out. And am I the only one that thinks the bass sounds like a certain Neneh Cherry + Youssou N`Dour song? heh. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by BayTremore+Ramone+Substance
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It's tricky. In some danger of becoming the Penn and Teller of the underground scene - now you see him, now you don't? With the undercurrents of the macabre but the straightahead gobsmacking in there too, it's a valid comparison, but, let's face it, Bay Tremore just ain't that.. sick. Although perhaps some of his basslines are a little.. evil :) Anyhow, in the latest instalment he takes on some of the recent mono211 releases from ramone and substance, gives them a good seeing-to, and dumps them...
Topics: BayTremore+Ramone+Substance, Bay Tremore, Ramone, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Yet another masterpiece from Dreamfish, showcasing wonderful quality drum and bass from one of the best Amiga musicians around at the moment. But I'm his label-boss and official supplier of suspect text files, so of course I'm going to say that. ;) Naah, seriously, check the flute, the great use of piano.. this tune rocks, and you know it. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Blimey. Dreamfish has muscled up his style and is making some of the meatiest, most harmful beats to be spat outta a computer for a damn long time - and here's some more evidence. Another mix of the fearsome "Retro DNA", and a whole new set of twisted riddims. Let's face it, it's no longer just a little aural harassment - it's getting personal. Cover your ears, repair to the concrete bunkers, and await instructions. Quick.
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Substance strikes back with a Mono release which isn't minimalist trance. :) In fact, Substance's style extends way past tranceland (check out the melodic junglism of his Assembly96 tune, "The Hub", or indeed "Drum+Bass Frenzie"), and this time he's cooked up an intriguing tekno with metal breaks and frazzled synths piece, inspired by a certain Aphex Twin collaborator, Mike Paradinas. Nice, sorted, and damn original. Oh, and the title means something very silly in a...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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First in the series of _serious_ 'quality-not-quantity' trip on Mono, this EP from Substance highlights the new directions elektronik musik is going in nowadays - think Warp, Rephlex, Squarepusher, et al. And let's face it, who else is doing this kinda complex, far-ahead stuff in 4-channel? Fifteen - love. Check da next release for the next installment of Mono's quality drive. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Well, the debut Mono release from Substance is an EP of some of the best trance-MODs I've ever heard. Yeah, yeah, I'm biased, but who can deny that these tunes kick considerable ass? "Zenith Aura" throws the percussion round like some serious mechanical maniacs got let loose in your computer, "Monotone" phases and hits like a pipe-toking robot bad-ass mofo, and "Trips Of Orange Capsules" is flowing, experimental, and relaxing all at once. There ain't no doubt that...
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Dreamfish returns with a groove that's both minimal and lush at the same time, and we have to nod our heads to this one, don't we? Unclassifiable? Yep. Groovable? More so. The transition halfway through the track is, incidentally, phat. Repeat play, please, and don't spare the horsepower. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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This time round a visit to the sharper end of the Mono spectrum (no blunted beatz here..), and Substance's knack for the rhythmic but different shines thru. And 'liquid wax' describes the phasing SH-101 bass which is Kuu's trademark pretty well. Watch out for more Substance stuff soon, including tunes previously performed live at raves in Finland, heh. :)
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Whiskas+Substance
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The first track from Whiskas to go out on the Mono label, and it's a large, scarily detailed remix of his good friend Substance. Never mind the size, listen to the depth - this is really stretching four channels as far as it can possibly go. Total originality is what the crowd wants, and it's what the crowd gets. :)
Topics: Whiskas+Substance, Whiskas, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A return, at last, for the rather versatile Substance, and here he is demonstrating succinct knowledge of the beep and tuck. Almost mechanoid, this is somewhere between Kraftwerk and Mu-Ziq, and has those gorgeously kiddie melodies so beloved of Warp-ish characters all the way from Sir Aphex to the recently recognised Plone. Back into the fold then, and good to go. Wheeeee.
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Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Are you ready and alert? Dreamfish kicks back with a track from his first batch of new tunes for a while - in fact, all the rest are junglistic, but this one is so fresh it just had to go out first. Minimal, wickedly jagged techno, and all in just the four channels, as per usual. Yum. And we presume the title is some reference to a certain composer who likes circuses and, umm, bells.
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Ooch. Some serious roughness from the normally gentle and caring Substance. ;) Well, ok, he's hardly been a saint, but this is downright prosecutable. Jazz bass, twinkling hi-hats, and a buzz, buzz, buzz buzz in your eardrum bass from somewhere da other side of Pluto. The planet, not the cartoon character. Stand back before igniting.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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The most excellent Substance comes back at us with this track, apparently inspired by the experimentalism of Radiohead's new album. Only more so. It's better not to over-elaborate, perhaps, but let's just say that this one is quite a long way.. out there.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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Another substantial release from the marvellous minimal-trancer, and this time a mellower track, twinned with a trademark phasing, hihat-smearing tune. 4 channels ain't dead. :) There's more to come - watch out for a distinctly non-trademark triphop track from Substance in the coming releases. Whee, and what's more, wheee.
Topics: Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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The first release for Monotonik, Mono's techno sublabel, and it's a brand new tune from the transcendental Dreamfish. We know a lot of the German RR guys are fans of this guy, so hope you like his latest project - we say it's damn classy as always. And the title is a homage to one of the finest techno labels of all time. So sit down, relax, and check it. Chiiiiiiill.
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Dreamfish
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Oh. My. God. Just as we feared we were getting down to the last of Dreamfish's tunes and wondered when new material was going to turn up, here it is. And here's the first fruits - and it's out of this world. Driving, complex, funky, sussed - it's enough to make you sick, innit? Well, for now, just put away the bucket and enjoy. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Monotonik
Monotonik
by Substance
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A new Monotonik track, and this time a fine release from Kuu. Actually, this one reminds us very much of the classic Harthouse/Eye-Q style of techno, which can only be a good thing. There's enough percussion in here to stun a horse. In case people are still wondering how Mono artists manage to get so much into 4 channels, there's an utility called MOD2SMP which allows the composer to compose a whole drum-pattern in 4 channels, and then output it as a sample which can be used in just 1 channel....
Topics: Substance, Monotonik